Empire of Karhielorhn
Knowledge History: DC 15
The ancient Empire of Karhielorhn fell into ruin approximately 250 years ago. It was an empire that spanned most of the continent of Aeirglos. It had a level of technology that rivaled anything known today. With the collapse of the empire, the humanoid hordes soon overran the scattered human settlements.
Knowledge History: DC 20
The Empire had an infrastructure based almost entirely on a reliance of contained elementals (earth elementals for construction & mining, water elementals for sewage & irrigation, Fire elementals for heating, smelting, Air elementals for transport). Eventually this huge reliance collapsed seeing the destruction of the capital of Branshoon. Larger cities were able to hold of most of the hordes, and soon fell into city states. Somehow the collapse of Branshoon lead to the release of the elemental that the empire relied upon.
Knowledge History: DC 25
The ultimate cause of the Empire’s collapse is believed to be a huge magical rift that was caused by the Empirical leaders fell pacts with Asmodeus and dealings with Devils. Internal strife between factions of those treating with Devils and Followers of Zehir lead to magical onslaught within the Empirical hierarchy and resulted in a great rift forming over Branshoon. From the Rift swarmed not only forces of the elemental Chaos, but hordes of Devils.
City of Deestan
This large coastal city was one of the last settled by the Karhielorhn Empire. It is the center of power for most of the settlements about a day to two days ride away. The city is the central ‘planed’ walled city of Deestan, and a few scattered outer communities around the city. The inner city while appearing to be more civilized can be a dangerous place to the unwary. Rumors abound of townsfolk going missing, and of the local temples powerless to help. Rumor also says that anything can be purchased within the walled city for the right price.
The inner city or Old City as it is called is extremely dangerous after nightfall to those who run afoul of the city watch. Those who did not show the right respect of the nobles or the watch are arrested and never seen again. Many hushed tales tell of unspeakable horrors and experiments that happen in the darkened dungeons beneath Greenspire Castle.